Nov 28, 2012 7:00pm PST
-coming fiscal cliff. with time running out, there's hopeful talk but no real solutions. >> reporter: backed by 15 million americans, president obama says that he's optimistic about avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff, while at the same time pressuring law makers to get it done. >> i'm asking americans all across the country to make your voice heard. tell congress what a -- >> reporter: extra $2,000 in taxes next year if congress can't reach a deal by december 31st. republicans and democrats are at odds over taxes and entitlements, on taxes, the president wants them raised over $250,000. and the republicans disagree and instead want to cap them at 50,000. >> we're willing to put revenues on the table, as long as we're not raising the rates. >> reporter: balking at cuts to medicare, medicaid. and. >> we have already agreed to a trillion and a half dollars in cuts. in this session of congress. >> reporter: also on the hill today with one laugh of the bipartisan team that offered a deficit reduction plan in 2010. >> i'm hopeful but don't put me down anywhere near in optimistic category.